Reports of Mac mini Demise Greatly Exaggerated

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Contrary to earlier reports, Kasper at AppleInsider is now saying that the Mac mini has a long life ahead of it. Well, at least 12 months worth. According to his sources, "A small team of engineers have recently been tasked with gutting the diminutive desktop and applying fresh internals." Such as...?

The current 65nm chips will be tossed in favor of 45nm Core 2 Duos, starting with 2.1GHz, 3MB of shared L2 cache, 800MHz front-side bus and a better integrated graphics processor, namely the same Intel GMA X3100 found in today's 13" MacBooks. (Kasper is also reporting rumors of a similar bump up for iMacs, which would get pimp Penryns as nice as the 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme.)

We have to ask, though, who still wants a mini? And more importantly, will the price ever drop below $500? I'd probably rather take an older $400 mini than a brand new Intel-awesome-o-fied $700 one. [AppleInsider]

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I recently purchased one, which is hooked up to my 42in LCD in the living room. It does music through iTunes with 250GB of music on a NAS, iTunes movie rentals, acts as a media center via OSXBMC (awesome) playing all sorts of downloaded and ripped content (again, all stored on a 1TB NAS), and runs Edubuntu in VMWare so my 4 year old can play GCompris. With the Apple BT wireless keyboard and a Logitech BT mouse, it is one of the best things I've bought in a long, long time.